TVOKids province-wide "Don't Sit Still Tour" leaps into Timmins and Cochrane on April 25 and Kirkland Lake on April 26

    Free live stage show motivates kids to get active, eat right, and have

    TORONTO, April 3 /CNW/ - How do we get our kids to exercise their bodies
as well as their mousepads, and discover as much about food groups as social
media groups? As longtime champions of healthy minds and healthy bodies for
children, TVOKids and the Don't Sit Still Tour bring their high-energy live
stage show to Timmins and Cochrane on Saturday April 25 and Kirkland Lake on
Sunday April 26. (See venues and times below.) Many firsts are part of this
year's tour, including an exciting new contest offering kids the chance to
make a guest appearance on stage.
    "We're hearing more and more about how key exercise and nutrition are to
kids' success in school," says Lisa de Wilde, TVO's Chief Executive Officer.
"That's why TVO is taking our inspiring Don't Sit Still message to communities
across Ontario. Like everything TVOKids does, the DSS tour is all about
empowering kids to get energized for learning."
    The TVOKids Don't Sit Still Tour is presented by EatRight Ontario, with
sponsorship in part by Egg Farmers of Ontario. The much lovedTVOKids hosts
Mark, Jackie and Ryan travel to communities across Ontario to perform in this
free dynamic stage show that encourages a healthy, active lifestyle. Young
audiences and their families can enjoy new songs, new dance moves, and
non-stop opportunities to join in and follow along. And as a memento of the
show and its message of healthy living and eating, kids receive free Don't Sit
Still gift bags.
    "Encouraging children to be more active every day is vital to good health
and wellbeing," says Margarett Best, Ontario's Minister of Health Promotion.
"The TVOKids Don't Sit Still Tour is a great way to deliver this very
important message to children and their parents in communities throughout
    Want to be part of the show? Kids can enter the TVOKids Healthy Hot Seat
Contest for a chance to be on stage with the TVOKids hosts when the Don't Sit
Still show comes to their city. Winners also receive TVOKids merchandise prize
packs. Kids can register online for a chance to win, or find more information,
    "What's really cool about the Don't Sit Still Tour is we get kids excited
about getting active," says TVOKids host Ryan Field." You'll see kids having
fun singing and dancing with us, and they don't even know that while they're
moving they're actually learning about active lifestyles and healthy eating.
Mark and Jackie and I have a blast travelling across Ontario because we get to
connect with TVOKids fans face to face!"
    Also new this year are nutrition booths set up near the stage, where kids
and families can drop by to ask questions and pick up tips and information
from Registered Dietitians and nutritionists from EatRight Ontario and Egg
Farmers of Ontario.
    "This sponsorship is a great opportunity for us to provide Ontario
families with information about the nutritional importance of eggs, and offer
fast and delicious recipes to prepare them," said Carolynne Griffith, Chair of
the Egg Farmers of Ontario.
    Following is the schedule for the TVOKids 2009 Don't Sit Still Tour's
stops in Timmins, Cochrane, and Kirkland Lake, featuring TVOKids hosts Jackie
and Ryan. Each show is approximately 40 minutes.

    Saturday April 25 (morning): Timmins
    Performance at 10 am
    Timmins Square
    1500 Riverside Drive
    Timmins, Ontario

    Saturday April 25 (afternoon): Cochrane
    Performance at 4:30 pm
    Tim Horton Events Centre
    7 Tim Horton Drive
    Cochrane, Ontario

    Sunday April 26 (afternoon): Kirkland Lake
    Performance at 1 pm
    Hockey Heritage North
    Theatre and Gold Hall
    400 Government Road West
    Kirkland Lake, Ontario

    The next stops on this year's TVOKids Don't Sit Still Tour, now in its
eighth season, are St. Catharines, Hamilton and Kitchener. The 2009 tour
launched February 21-22 with shows in Oshawa, Peterborough, Brampton and
Newmarket, followed by shows in Windsor, Sarnia and London on March 21-22. For
more about the Don't Sit Still Tour, visit

    About TVO

    TVO is Ontario's public educational media organization and a trusted
source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires and
stimulates curiosity and thought. TVO's vision is to empower people to be
engaged citizens of Ontario through educational media. For more information,

    Where to find TVO

    Cable channel 2 (channel may vary in some areas), Bell TV channel 265,
Star Choice channel 353.

For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Anne Rubenstein, TVO           
  Communications, (416) 484-2881,; Andrea Franklin, TVO
Marketing, (416) 484-2600 ext. 2202,; Amanda Langlois, Tim
Horton Events Centre, Cochrane, (705) 272-5084 ext 2,;
Cynthia Hagen, Timmins Square, (705) 267-6431; June Ward, Hockey Heritage
North, Kirkland Lake, (705) 568-4420

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